I am 42 yr old woman who has had 3 back surgeries within 1 1/2 yrs. The first one (April 2011) was due to a very large bulging disc in the L4-L5 area. Continued to have major pain but Neuro doc said I needed to learn to live with it and that there weren't any other surgeries that would help. Went to a spine clinic April 2012 and that Orthopedic doc said I had the L4 slipping so he did a posterior fusion on L4-L5. Don't care to repeat that surgery any time soon. Stayed 5 days and then made the 400 mi trip home. Next was an anterior fusion of L5-S1 by a local Orthopedic doc in Dec. I am on 1800mg on Neurotin (which I know I need as I went off for 2 wks and major issues). That doesn't seem to cut it. I have been walking (wear orthodics) to lose weight and strengthen core but that seems to be aggravating the radiculopathy. The furthest I've walked is 1 mi. I also continue to feel like someone has punched me in the back where I am fused. This is a dull, aching pain. I had a CT with contrast in March but it showed everything looked good. Should I not walk? Should I just push through? What do I do?
600 mg Neurotin, Celebrex, Norflex